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Creative Vision Board Ideas for Coaches

It's Winter Solstice and a good time for coaches to ritualise the shedding of things you might want to let go of and bringing into vision your intentions for the next season. It's a fertile period as winter begins to slowly subside the warmth and light of the sun starts to inspire new growth. As coaches, we are dedicated to helping our clients achieve their fullest potential, guiding them on a journey of self-discovery, goal-setting, and personal growth. One powerful tool that can facilitate this process is the creation of vision boards. Vision boards are visual representations of an individual's goals, dreams, and aspirations, crafted through a collage of images, words, and other materials. They serve as a tangible reminder of what our clients aim to achieve, keeping their focus sharp and their motivation high.

The Power of Visualisation

Visualisation is a well-documented psychological technique that involves imagining desired outcomes to enhance performance and achieve goals. By creating a vision board, clients can harness the power of visualisation, making their aspirations more concrete and accessible.

Vision boards work by:

  1. Clarifying Goals: The process of selecting images and words helps clients clarify what they truly want in various areas of their lives, from career and relationships to health and personal development.

  2. Boosting Motivation: Seeing their goals represented visually keeps clients motivated and inspired, especially during challenging times.

  3. Enhancing Focus: A vision board serves as a constant reminder of what clients are working towards, helping them stay focused on their objectives.

  4. Encouraging Positive Thinking: By surrounding themselves with positive and uplifting images and affirmations, clients can cultivate a mindset geared towards success and abundance.

The Role of Coaches in the Vision Board Process

As coaches, our role is to facilitate the vision board creation process, guiding our clients in a supportive and empowering manner. This involves:

  • Creating a Safe Space: Ensuring that clients feel comfortable and open to exploring their dreams and aspirations without judgment.

  • Guiding Reflection: Helping clients reflect on their goals and aspirations, encouraging deep and meaningful contemplation.

  • Providing Resources: Offering a variety of materials and tools to inspire creativity and self-expression.

  • Encouraging Commitment: Motivating clients to regularly engage with their vision boards, using them as a dynamic tool in their ongoing coaching journey.

Steps to Create a Vision Board

  1. Set Intentions: Begin with a session where clients reflect on their goals and intentions. This can be facilitated through guided meditations, journaling prompts, or open discussions.

  2. Gather Materials: Provide clients with magazines, newspapers, art supplies, and other materials. Encourage them to bring personal photos or items that hold special significance.

  3. Create the Vision Board: Guide clients in arranging their chosen images and words on a board or canvas. Encourage them to be intuitive and creative, focusing on what resonates most deeply with their goals.

  4. Reflect and Share: After the vision board is complete, invite clients to share their creations and the meanings behind their choices. This can foster a deeper connection to their goals and provide valuable insights.

  5. Integrate and Revisit: Encourage clients to place their vision boards in a prominent location where they will see them regularly. Revisit the vision boards periodically during coaching sessions to assess progress, celebrate achievements, and make adjustments as needed.

Vision boards are a versatile and impactful tool in the coaching toolkit. They empower clients to visualise their dreams, stay motivated, and take actionable steps towards achieving their goals. By incorporating vision boards into your coaching practice, you can provide your clients with a powerful method for turning their aspirations into reality. Let’s embark on this creative and transformative journey together, helping our clients to not only envision their best lives but to live them fully. Explore the different types of vision boards you can create with your clients and find a creative process that speaks to you.

These creative approaches to vision boards can help participants visualise their goals in a tangible and inspiring way, making the process both meaningful and enjoyable. Collage Vision Boards

Materials Needed:

  • Magazines, newspapers, and old books for images and words

  • Scissors, glue sticks, and large sheets of paper or poster board

  • Markers, paints, and colored pencils


  1. Set Intentions: Begin with a brief meditation or reflection on your intentions and goals.

  2. Select Images and Words: Cut out images and words from magazines that resonate with your intentions.

  3. Arrange and Glue: Arrange the cutouts on the poster board to create a collage. Glue them down when you're satisfied with the arrangement.

  4. Add Personal Touches: Use markers, paints, and colored pencils to add drawings, doodles, or handwritten affirmations to personalise your board.

2. Mixed Media Vision Boards

Materials Needed:

  • Canvas boards or thick cardstock

  • Acrylic paints, watercolor paints, and brushes

  • Scrapbooking materials, washi tape, stickers, and embellishments

  • Printed photographs or digital prints of personal images


  1. Background Creation: Paint or decorate the background of the canvas with colors that inspire you.

  2. Layering: Add layers of scrapbook paper, photographs, and other mixed media elements.

  3. Embellish: Use washi tape, stickers, and embellishments to enhance your vision board.

  4. Finalise: Add final touches with paints and markers to complete your vision board.

3. Digital Vision Boards

Materials Needed:

  • Computer or tablet with internet access

  • Graphic design software (like Canva) or apps specifically for creating vision boards

  • Access to online image libraries


  1. Set Intentions: Reflect on your goals and intentions.

  2. Collect Images: Search for images online that represent your visions and save them.

  3. Design Board: Use graphic design software or apps to arrange your images and add text or other elements.

  4. Print or Save: Print your digital vision board or save it as a background on your devices.

4. Storybook Vision Boards

Materials Needed:

  • Blank journal or scrapbook

  • Decorative paper, stickers, and embellishments

  • Pens, markers, and watercolor paints

  • Photos and magazine cutouts


  1. Theme Pages: Dedicate each page or section to a different area of your life (e.g., career, relationships, health).

  2. Decorate Pages: Use decorative paper, stickers, and other embellishments to create themed pages.

  3. Add Images and Words: Paste images and words that align with your visions on each page.

  4. Write Reflections: Write reflections, goals, and affirmations on each page to complement the visuals.

5. Nature-Inspired Vision Boards

Materials Needed:

  • Natural materials like leaves, flowers, twigs, and stones

  • Glue, twine, and natural fabric

  • Large cardboard or wooden board


  1. Collect Materials: Gather natural materials that resonate with your intentions.

  2. Arrange and Glue: Arrange the natural elements on the board to create a harmonious design.

  3. Incorporate Symbols: Add symbols or small drawings that represent your goals.

  4. Secure Elements: Use glue or twine to secure the natural materials to the board.

6. Interactive Vision Boards

Materials Needed:

  • Corkboard or magnetic board

  • Push pins or magnets

  • Printed images, index cards, and sticky notes

  • Pens, markers, and small decorative items


  1. Set Intentions: Reflect on your goals and intentions.

  2. Gather Materials: Collect images, write goals on index cards, and create affirmation sticky notes.

  3. Pin or Attach: Use push pins or magnets to attach images and notes to the board.

  4. Update Regularly: Regularly update your board by adding new goals and removing achieved ones.


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